A father rescued from Taliban-linked militants fewer than three months ago will be spending time at least till Monday in a detection center after his arrest earlier on more than a dozen charges, including sexual assault.
Joshua Boyle, 34, whose family now is living in Ottawa after moving from his parents’ house in Smiths Falls, Ontario, made a brief appearance via video for a preliminary hearing in Ottawa, where the 15 charges — including eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two claims of unlawful confinement and one accusation of a death threat — were filed. He was told that he will remain in custody until a Monday bail hearing.
The provincial court issued an order preventing publication of information that could identify any alleged victims,. Pakistani security forces rescued Boyle; his 32-year-old wife, Caitlan Coleman Boyle; and their three children on October 11. The couple had been held captive for five years after being kidnapped in October 2012 in Afghanistan’s Wardak province.While they were hostages, Caitlan Boyle miscarried their first child. Her husband said that came about because the militants put massive doses of estrogen in her food, causing her pregnancy to end.
Later she gave birth to three other children in captivity, sons who are aged 4 and 2 and a daughter less than a year old.